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Catherine Wheel were a four-piece band from Great Yarmouth, England. The band was active from 1990 to 2000, experiencing fluctuating levels of commercial success, and embarking on many lengthy tours.

Catherine Wheel formed in 1990, comprising singer/guitarist Rob Dickinson, guitarist Brian Futter, bassist Dave Hawes, and drummer Neil Sims. Hawes had previously played in a Joy Division-influenced band called Eternal. They took their moniker from the firework known as the Catherine wheel, which in turn had taken its name from the medieval torture device of the same name. The band was often included in the scene, characterized by bands that made extensive use of guitar feedback and droning washes of noise, as well as their continuous interaction with extensive amounts of effects pedals on the stage floor.

The band performed a Peel session in early 1991 while still unsigned; two 12” vinyl EPs were released on the Norwich based Wilde Club Records, named after the regular weekly Wilde Club gigs run by Barry Newman at Norwich Arts Centre. They signed to major-label Fontana Records after being courted by both Creation Records and the Brian Eno-run label Opal Records. The band’s debut album, 1991/92’s Ferment, made an immediate impression on the music press and introduced Catherine Wheel’s biggest U.S. hit, “Black Metallic,” as well as moderate hit “I Want To Touch You”. The album features re-recorded versions of some of the Wilde Club-issued EPs.


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  • DropSoap

    Can't believe how good this is.

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Cylob

    Shoegaze of the 90's - What are the 10 albums you should own? Join the debate!

    6 Jul 2014 Reply
  • TimaSliwinski

    new -

    25 Jun 2014 Reply
  • bigMATTz

    intravenous! On repeat in my car. All of ferment..

    18 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Zalindras

    Wow. They were from the town where i live and i never realised.

    17 Jun 2014 Reply
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  • eeevans

    can we hear the bruce dickinson orange jump suit story again? i fucking love that one, man.

    17 Apr 2014 Reply
  • daydream_set

    'Happy Days,' the 'LC&D' comp, and even 'A&E' are all solid in their own right... plenty of good tracks. ('HD' would be the best album in most bands' discography, for example.) ... However, like 99% of all other albums on the face of the planet, they're not as good as 'Ferment' or 'Chrome.'

    17 Apr 2014 Reply
  • WasNotWhyNot

    wow from chrome to happy days. jeez I'm going to have a hard time listening to this with an open heart. but there's no way it's actually bad... cause this is catherine wheel

    31 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Shannonline

    chrome is one of those albums I can keep coming back to again and again and it never gets old, amazing ♥

    11 Mar 2014 Reply
  • prunellaluke

    candlesdie - me too! 'Fripp' is fabulous. I still can't work out how they got from 'Chrome' to the next album.

    4 Feb 2014 Reply
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  • Cylob

    Was the pinnacle of shoegaze, in both quality and quantity, 1993?

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • daydream_set

    And then "Collideoscopic" & "Wish." The 'Ferment' B-sides have been a playlist in my library for years now. It is its own album. When taking a band's entire input into consideration, CW is probably still my favorite of all time - even after approximately 10 years of listening. Anybody else remember the CW Jukebox?

    20 Nov 2013 Reply

    I just discovered the Ferment bsides. Wow. Go listen to Intravenous. NOW!

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • MaidenSlayer

    v Family members who actually listen to good music.

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Smartypants101

    I snatched Ferment from my older sisters room when I was little and have loved them ever since.

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • mk741

    Seems I momentarily broke Last fm and ended up scrobbling them 140 times (even though I only listened twice to Ferment and Chrome twice). Yay?

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
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